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Attorneys Boost Citizenship Process

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Citizenship Day helped local residents complete their citizenship process and applications. Citizenship Day helped local residents complete their citizenship process and applications.
PASCO, WA- Washington New Americans put on Citizenship Day at Columbia Basin College Saturday.

Eight attorneys volunteered to view people's applications for filing and processing for citizenship.

They expected to get nearly 50 people processed, and those they could not get to, were put on the waiting list.

One attorney explained how important it is to have clinics like this with specialists that can help, especially when false lawyers are trying to take advantage of people.

“I know what the need is in the community, all over Washington.  It's very important that people can see attorneys and have the ability to get expertise that they wouldn't otherwise go in for or pay for.  Becoming a citizen is such a huge benefit and it's really important that we're able to help people outside of the normal days of our practices,” said Attorney Shannon Underwood.

Underwood also said not getting proper help could actually reverse the progress and may even cause some people to get deported.

The clinic happens several times a year and the main focus is to help those that are just a step away from citizenship especially now, with growing concerns for our immigration system.
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